Garmin Edge 500 back plate - broken tab?
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    Garmin Edge 500 back plate - broken tab?

    Has anyone else had a mounting tab broken off from the backplate of the 500? I know at least 2 people with this issue. Garmin will not warrant it after 1 yr, and Garmin will not even allow the end user to buy what seems to be a simple backplate to replace it. I guess twisting the Garmin 500 on and off the bike eventually cause the plastic mounting tabs to break. El cheapo plastic. Sigh.

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    Seems to be somewhat related to the mount used. More people using 3rd party aluminum mounts report tabs breaking than otherwise, or such has been my observation reading threads here.

    I use a FlipLoc mount, which is made with nylon. Works exceptionally well, but has not caused a tab to break.

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    I just gave a friend of mine my old 500. I'd used it for a couple of years and a co-worker had borrowed it until a tab broke. Anyway, since I'd never registered it, my friend did and got it repaired through Garmin's warranty. Which seems to pretty much top notch, they emailed him the morning they received the unit, and then again that same afternoon to let him know they'd shipped the repaired unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tvad View Post
    Seems to be somewhat related to the mount used. More people using 3rd party aluminum mounts report tabs breaking than otherwise, or such has been my observation reading threads here.

    I use a FlipLoc mount, which is made with nylon. Works exceptionally well, but has not caused a tab to break.
    True. K-Edge mounts eat Garmins frequently. I don't know if the new mount that has the plastic insert is any better but I gave away my K-Edge mounts after they destroyed 2 of my Garmins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    I just gave a friend of mine my old 500. I'd used it for a couple of years and a co-worker had borrowed it until a tab broke. Anyway, since I'd never registered it, my friend did and got it repaired through Garmin's warranty. Which seems to pretty much top notch, they emailed him the morning they received the unit, and then again that same afternoon to let him know they'd shipped the repaired unit.
    Mine is registered with Garmin. They know the serial# and date of purchase. I'm SOL with them. They said they could repair it if I sent it in, plus $90! And we all know all they'll do is replace the plastic plate.

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    I'm using the Bar Fly 2.0 mount, it's all plastic. But I do take it on and off my bike at least once/day, sometimes twice.

    But good tips on the K-Edge. I'll make sure to avoid it. Aluminum will eat plastic eh!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zindog View Post
    I'll try the plastic epoxy fix!

    I did try superglue the tab in, but it broke off immediately at the first twist of entry!

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    Mine is registered with Garmin. They know the serial# and date of purchase. I'm SOL with them. They said they could repair it if I sent it in, plus $90! And we all know all they'll do is replace the plastic plate.
    Not true. They send you a whole 'nother unit, usually a refurb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveT View Post
    Not true. They send you a whole 'nother unit, usually a refurb.
    Then I definitely won't want a refurb unit over my unit for $90.

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    Thanks for the info. I'm being WAY more careful removing and installing my Garmin after reading this.
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    Broken Garmin mount.... Billet Aluminum fix

    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    Has anyone else had a mounting tab broken off from the backplate of the 500? I know at least 2 people with this issue. Garmin will not warrant it after 1 yr, and Garmin will not even allow the end user to buy what seems to be a simple backplate to replace it. I guess twisting the Garmin 500 on and off the bike eventually cause the plastic mounting tabs to break. El cheapo plastic. Sigh.
    I have tried to create tabs out of glue...

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    Nice product Dogears, I suspect it will be extremely popular.

    As for me, I'm reticent to pierce my case with the screws. Would it be possible/safe to use a gel superglue or even a two part epoxy to permanently fasten the Dogear unit to my 500?
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    IMO, it could be designed to use double sticky tape of the type used to attach automotive trim and would be plenty strong enough.
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    RaceWare sells what appears to be a broken tab fix that glues on: Garmin Tab Repair - Raceware Direct - Custom Cycle Components

    I'd contact them to find out the details such as what glue to use.

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